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Commercial Car Cleanings

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Car Cleanings This is the interior of car that SERVPRO of SW Monroe County was employed to clean out.

Did you know that SERVPRO of SW Monroe County's commercial services are not only used in commercial buildings, but can also be used for car cleanings for commercial dealerships? Buildings are not the only culprit for mold growths and biohazard build-ups. Cars are just as likely to need mold remediation, biohazard cleanings, and commercial services as any residential or commercial property.

Mold grows in damp environments which are ideal for cars. We are constantly getting in and out of cars which can track in a lot of moisture that in turn creates mildew and mold in a vehicle, especially during rainy seasons and rainy summers! Furthermore, the average Amerian eats 20% of their weekly meals in the car. This leads to plenty of spills and messes that help mold to grow in a vehicle. For this reason, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County would like dealers to know that their commercial services extend to car cleanings to clear out any mold. Additionally, in tragic emergency situations when someone needs to be rushed to the hospital there is a risk of biohazard mess that needs to be cleaned. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County's commercial services can again be utilized for these dilemmas. Cleaning up mold and biohazard messes in a car are crucial to keeping the car's resale value in tip top shape and even more imperative to entice future customers into buying the vehicle.

Life happens and a lot of life happens in the car. The average American spends just under an hour in the car each day according to AAA. Within this hour, moisture, biohazards, and spills all build up in the car, requiring cleaning commercial services that companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offer. For questions, call (585) 247-9090, visit their website, find them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Preparing for Thunderstorms to Avoid Storm Damages

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Thunderstorms to Avoid Storm Damages Half of this home's roof caved in after a dead tree limb fell on it during a storm.

Often thunderstorms are harmless natural storms that are great fun to watch with the family, but occasionally, thunderstorms offer serious risk of storm damage and natural fires. It is awful and tragic, but SERVPRO of SW Monroe County has encountered situations where trees and homes were struck by lightning and were employed to resolve the storm damages of a thunderstorm.

While there is no chance of controlling when and where a thunderstorm will occur, there are a few things that everyone should do to prepare for thunderstorms and storm damages. In anticipation of a storm, dead limbs and branches from trees should be removed to minimize the risk of storm damages to the exterior of your home and lawn objects should be secured or put away. In addition to yard preparation, professionals cannot stress enough how important an emergency kit is for any potential storm risks. During the storm, everyone should seek shelter, optimally indoors or in a car. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County also recommends unplugging any electronics to reduce the risk of fire damages in the home. In the unfortunate event that your home suffers from any storm damages, contact a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to mitigate and repair the storm damages.

Statistics from the National Lightning Safety Institute conclude that 1 in 200 homes are struck by lightning each year. Relating this statistic to the Rochester community, just shy of 300 homes are struck by lightning each year. Following this paragraph are some URLs to local Rochester stories of homes and people being struck by lightning and the after effects that ensued. Thankfully, no one died, but homes and business alike were affected. If you are in need of storm damage services after a thunderstorm, use a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County whose expertise is fire, water, and storm damages. For questions, visit their website, call them at (585) 247-9090, or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

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Practicing Electrical Safety to Avoid Fire Damages

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Practicing Electrical Safety to Avoid Fire Damages This microwave charred and burnt to a crisp after an electrical fire started in its cords.

Modern electronics have revolutionized our way of life and most Americans use a whole slew of electronics each day that need charging. Without a doubt, electronics have improved the lives of millions, however home electrical fires are responsible for over 50,000 fires and $1.3 billion in fire damage losses in any given year. Thankfully, companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County specialize in tasks regarding fire damages and offer 24/7 services to mitigate losses.

In addition to their fire damage services, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County would like to offer electrical safety advice to all. First and foremost, for the little ones like children and pets, it is important to cover unused outlets to avoid any accidents. Similarly, keeping cords neat and tidy not only reduce clutter, but reduce the risk of a fire and fire damages. Appliances that generate heat should never have objects draped on them and should be given several inches of space for proper air circulation to avoid a fire and fire damages. A bit redundant, but electronics should never be used with wet hands for personal safety. Perhaps the most underrated advice is to unplug objects like phone cords and laptop chargers after using them. This greatly reduces heat buildup and the risk of starting a home fire and creating fire damages.

Following proper electrical safety guidelines exponentially reduces the risk of an electrical home fire and fire damages. While risks can be minimalized, they cannot be eliminated and that is why companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County are dedicated to providing fire damage services amongst other specialties. For questions, call (585) 247-9090, visit their website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Grill Fire Damage

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grill Fire Damage This is the remnants of someone's lawn after a grill fire.

Who doesn’t love enjoying some nice BBQ with friends and family while sitting in beautiful weather?  That’s why grilling is one of America’s favorite summer pastimes as well as the staff of SERVPRO of SW Monroe County. Just recently, Old Forge, NY celebrated their annual BBQ festival! Grilling is a seemingly harmless activity, yet grills are top contenders for property losses due to fire damages, that can amount up to $37 million each year.          

Rarely are we focused on what could go wrong with grilling, but the statistics are proof that perhaps we should remain more vigilant when manning the grill so we can avoid costly fire damages. According to a report by the NFPA, the leading causes of grill fires and grill fire damages are failure to clean the grill, having the grill too close to something that could catch fire and leaving the grill unattended. The silver lining is that each cause can be avoided and SERVPRO of SW Monroe County would like to offer some suggestions to combat each cause. First, keep a scraper handy next to the grill to clean the bars before each use. This will help to keep the grill clean and it will make whatever you are grilling taste better! Second, keep the grill in a nice open area. Be mindful of the space above the grill (I.E tree limbs) to avoid a fire and fire damages. Any home insurance agent can tell you that many fire damage claims in the summer are due to the grill catching fire after being placed in a garage or covered area. Lastly, if you are grilling and drinking with friends, crack a cold one with the boys (or girls) at the grill so you can monitor it. These are the best ways to avoid any grill fires and fire damages.

Grilling should be a no worries activity filled with laughter, fun, and great food. Use these tips to avoid fires and fire damages so you can keep hosting picnics and parties all summer long. For any questions, call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County at (585) 247-9090, visit their website, friend them on Facebook, or follow their Twitter @SERVPRO8196.

Tornado Storm Damage Advice

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornado Storm Damage Advice This home experienced some structural roof damage after a recent wind storm in Rochester, NY.

There is an old idiom that says “throw caution to the wind” but rather than take it literally, most people adapt it to mean something along the lines of “be willing to do something without fear of the risk”. Well, if this summer has proven anything to SERVPRO of SW Monroe County, it is to not take the idiom lightly. The amount of wind and storm damages that SERVPRO of SW Monroe County has seen this summer is much greater than past summers. Something rather stunning is that Upstate New York has had seven confirmed tornadoes this summer that caused massive storm damages ranging from Western New York to Central New York.

In late July, two tornadoes touched ground right outside Buffalo in Orchard Park and Holland. In fact, the Holland tornado on July 20, 2017 was the most severe tornado yet this summer. The Holland tornado caused car windows to blow in, structural damage, and fallen trees on the Norfolk Southern Railway, labeling it as a level 2 tornado. Given the proximity to Rochester, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County would like to offer some token advice about tornado safety and what to do in the event of tornado storm damage. First and foremost, seek shelter and go to the lowest level possible in said shelter. Avoid windows as they will shatter and avoid corners as they collect a lot of storm damage from the tornado. If possible, lie low under sturdy furniture. In the event that you cannot find shelter in time, lie low in a ditch. Do not try and be like the Discovery Channel “Storm Chasers” and do not try and out drive a tornado. Tornadoes are tricky and unpredictable and it is important if you are outside to be alert for potential flooding. In the unfortunate event, that your home suffers storm damages from a tornado, it is important to know that companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County specialize in mitigating storm damages in addition to fire and water restoration. Contact your homeowner’s insurance agency to check your storm damage coverage and then trust a veteran company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County who will make it “Like it never even happened”.

Storms and storm damages can be devastating and it’s definitely not worth it to “throw caution to the wind” in the event of one. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County cannot emphasis how important it is to play it safe during a storm and figure out how to deal the storm damages once the storm is over and it is safe to investigate. For questions, call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County at (585) 247-9090, visit their website, friend them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter @SERVPRO8196.

Remedying Water Damages in Commercial Services

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Remedying Water Damages in Commercial Services This Rochester, NY office experienced a water leak that started in the bathroom and quickly seeped throughout the office carpet.

Flooding and water damages are not exclusive to residential homes, but occur just as often in commercial properties. Imagine walking into your office on Monday, basically still asleep, and stepping into a flood. Seems like the worst-case scenario for a Monday, but that’s why companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County are dedicated to their 24/7 mitigation and commercial services, so that they can be there for homeowners and business owners alike in their times of need.

It is imperative to employ a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County whose commercial services will resolve any water damages as quick as possible. In the first day, the water spreads and is absorbed into the walls, upholstery, and belongings. The walls and furniture can begin to crack and break down. Wooden objects swell and metal starts to tarnish. By 48 hours, mold and mildew grow, doors and wooden floors warp, and the potential for biohazard contamination skyrocket. Without commercial services, the extent and cost of the damages explodes the longer the water sits there and that is why SERVPRO of SW Monroe County’s 24/7 commercial services are crucial to their operation.

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County has been a household name for years for their commitment to providing professional fire and water damage services. Let SERVPRO of SW Monroe County become a seasoned veteran for your business when you need commercial services for your offices, restaurants, residential, etc. services. For questions, call (585) 247-9090, visit their website, add them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Avoiding Water Damage via Pipe Ruptures

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoiding Water Damage via Pipe Ruptures Included is a picture of the water damage that followed after a pipe burst in someone's basement.

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offers a wide range of services, from fire and water damages to commercial cleaning services, with the greatest quantity of cases revolving around water damage. Plenty of their water damage cases this year were weather related, but the overwhelming majority were the result of plumbing and pipe related breaks.

Rochester is notorious for cold winters, which is the optimal environment for a pipe to burst and cause water damage. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County has a few tips to avoid this dilemma. Starting as early as the spring or summer, the pipes of your home should be checked to make sure there are no existing leaks or cracks. Any issues with the pipes are easier to resolve in the warmer months before the water has a chance to freeze and crack the pipes further.  When the winter time inevitably comes and you suspect that your pipes are frozen, there are a few more options to prevent them from bursting and causing water damage. First, it is important to make sure that the temperature surrounding the pipes does not reach 32 degrees, the freezing point of water. If possible, try to utilize pre-existing home circulation systems to keep pipes heated. Also, there are products like heat tape that can be wrapped around pipes to keep them insulated. Finally, disconnect any garden hoses connected to outside faucets and install faucet insulators to avoid pipe ruptures and water damage.

As always in upstate New York, winter is coming and it is never too early to prepare. In the event of any pipe rupture or general water damage, call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to receive professional care. For questions, call (585) 247-9090, visit their website, add them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Storm Damage Home Cleanup

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Home Cleanup Notice the roof of this young girl's bedroom. The ceiling cracked after a tree limb blew into the roof after a windstorm.

Dubbed the "The Great Rochester Windstorm of 2017", the storm wreaked havoc all over Monroe County leaving around 100,000 people without power. Democrat and Chronicle concluded that the windstorm this year created the most widespread outage in 14 years. With winds over 80 miles per hour, it is no wonder that SERVPRO of SW Monroe County responded to countless storm damage calls already. Things have not quite calmed down yet this summer, with torrential downpours and raging windstorms, it is important to know who to call to remedy any storm damages to the exterior of your home and what to expect from the process.

Storm damages are quite tricky to assess as the damages range from destructive to minor. That is why SERVPRO of SW Monroe County's first step when working with storm damages is to assess the situation and prioritize each bit of storm damage and start with the most dire problematic area. Generally speaking, during windstorms, roofs suffer the most from high-speed winds and risks of downed trees that jeopardize the integrity of the roof. After the initial assessment by SERVPRO of SW Monroe County, be sure to ask your certified representative for recommendations about storm damage recovery. They will let you know if you need further reparations like roof tarping, exterior repairs, or if your storm damages are minor and need no repair. If the home needs repairs, a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County's 24/7 mitigation services are essential to remedying any emergency situations and resolving storm damages as quickly as possible.

No one could have anticipated the extent of the storm damages that Rochester suffered this year from each windstorm. Thankfully, companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offer 24/7 emergency services to combat the storm damages and resolve each issue that arises. For questions or assessments, call (585) 247-9090, visit the website, find them on Facebook, or tweet SERVPRO @SERVPRO8196.

Cooking is Fun, Fire Damages Not So Much

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

It is such a rewarding feeling to make a meal that you can be proud and even more fun when you do it with family and friends! Ideally, the meal turns out like one of Food Network’s master chefs created it, but what happens when life happens and we are distracted from our cooking and walk away? It happens to everyone one time or another. When disaster strikes, trust a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County who offers professional fire damage services to get you back on your feet.

A recent consumer food industry survey concluded that cooking at home is still the preferred way to prepare a meal for 98% of Americans. There are even holidays focused on enjoying meals with your family and friends like Thanksgiving and Shabbat dinners. We get together, we laugh, we may indulge, and sometimes we forget as all humans do. The majority of all home fires and fire damages occur in the kitchen. This is due to the oven having many potential dangers when cooking. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County would like to inform you of some of the risks when cooking, so you can get back to being a Chopped chef without worrying about a fire or fire damages. One thing to know is that fat and grease not only splatter on the stove top but inside a stove as well which is a major contender for fire and fire damages. Similarly, when batter overflows, it pools into the bottom of the oven and can ignite. Finally, if you are with others and distracted, do not forget that you are using the oven. Use a timer as a reminder to check on your masterpiece so you can impress your friends and family with your master cooking skills! In the event of your oven catching fire, all is not lost. Keep the door closed and turn the oven off. This is generally effective in stopping all kitchen fires before there is any fire damage. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and if the fire does not go out, leave the house, call 911, and call a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to employ their 24/7 mitigation services to fix any fire damages.

 Many family traditions begin in the kitchen. Family dinners, holiday cooking baking, birthday meals, and friendly Chopped competitions are all great ways to get your family and friends involved. That being said, it is important to know the risk of using an oven and its potential to cause fire damage to your home. If you find yourself in the tragic situation of a kitchen fire, employ SERVPRO of SW Monroe County's certified fire damage services to repair any damages caused by the fire. For questions, call (585) 247-9090, visit http://www.SERVPROswmonroecounty.com/, find them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Preparing for Flood and Storm Damage

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Flood and Storm Damage This photo was taken in Sodus Point to capture the extent of the recent flooding crisis.

                It seems that Rochester has been hit hard this year with rain and wind storms that have caused plenty of storm damage, but did you know the rainiest month for Rochester is actually August? The Farmer’s Almanac predicts that Rochester will still have plenty of showers and thunder storms throughout the rest of July and August. With all of the rain that Rochester has received, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County would like to offer you some helpful tips about staying safe during a flood.

                Before a flood happens, it is imperative to be prepared for the worst. It is recommended that an emergency kit is prepared and stays in the car for a quick escape. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County also recommends reviewing your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if it covers flooding or storm damages. In the event of a flood, it is crucial that you leave the area as floods are unpredictable. If possible, professionals recommend that you travel on roads that are on higher ground and stay evacuated until the local authorities clear the area. Unfortunately during a flood, many homes suffer from water and storm damage. If there is a flood, let a seasoned name like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offer their professional mitigation services to mend any flood damages.

                In early June, just shy of 15 inches of rain fell in Rochester, NY and the effects were devastating for some. The storm damages were so extensive that Governor Cuomo allocated $45 million to remedy the damages. If you or anyone you know experienced any flood damages, partner with a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to receive certified care for your home. For questions, visit the website, call them at (585) 247-9090, or find them on Facebook or Twitter.